Boeing has unveiled an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for refueling US Navy jets operating from aircraft carriers.
Through its MQ-25 competition, the Navy is seeking unmanned refueling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The MQ-25 will also have to seamlessly integrate with a carrier’s catapult and launch and recovery systems. The UAS is completing engine runs before heading to the flight ramp for deck handling demonstrations early next year.
The Navy issued its final request for proposals in October. Proposals are due Jan. 3.